An English mistress. A foreign queen. A difficult balance.

Roles chosen by their king, but women who chose not to be defined by them.

 

A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN
28th February to 30th March 2020

A brand new immersive theatre show from award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and Historic Royal Palaces.  United Queendom is the incredible true story of two powerful women overlooked and forgotten by history; the smart and intelligent Queen Caroline and the enigmatic and passionate Lady Henrietta Howard. Told within the Kensington Palace’s magnificent State Apartments, once home to both women.

 

Step into the 173court of King George II. He’s decided to celebrate his birthday, but little does he know that his mistress, Lady Henrietta Howard, is about to drop a bombshell. And she’s seeking an audience with his wife Queen Caroline first!

 

Delve into the world of political intrigue, court games, high drama, scandalous gossip, and smiling through gritted teeth, this immersive experience presents two different perspectives on the story of these brilliant women who might have otherwise been lost in the shadow of their king.  

 

Two women. Two separate routes. Two stories. One night. Which story will you discover… 

Henrietta, the Norfolk orphan who married a drunkard, lost everything and then ascended to be Lady of the Bedchamber – think you know what a mistress is? Think again.  

Queen Caroline, the intellectual changing the face of court, defining what a woman can and should be, ruling her husband with just the right amount of advice and leadership. But can this queen rise above the constraints of her time and class?   

 

With modern twists throughout, this limited theatrical run explores how these women made their own mark on their world and ours.  

 

United Queendom combines Les Enfants Terribles trademark storytelling with a remarkable true story in the historic setting of a Royal Palace. 

 

When darkness falls, experience Kensington Palace as never before.  

 

#UnitedQueendom

 

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2020

February

28th - 29th | Kensington Palace, London | www.hrp.org.uk

March

1st - 2nd | Kensington Palace, London | www.hrp.org.uk
6th - 9th | Kensington Palace, London | www.hrp.org.uk
13th - 16th | Kensington Palace, London | www.hrp.org.uk
20th - 23rd | Kensington Palace, London | www.hrp.org.uk
27th - 30th | Kensington Palace, London | www.hrp.org.uk

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Reviews

BOYZ MAGAZINE ★★★★★ –
‘A 24 carat grab your tiara, wig and wimple super hit

THE SPY IN THE STALLS ★★★★★ –
‘Hilarious cout mischief’ 

METRO ★★★★ –
‘Site-specific theatre at its most resonant.

LOVE LONDON LOVE CULTURE ★★★★-
‘Richly absorbing and fascinating experience.’

THEATRE SOUTH EAST ★★★★-
‘Lots of naughtiness and heaps of humour.’ 

THE STAGE –
‘Georgian finery with a neon edge.’

THE TELEGRAPH –
‘Spine-tingling theatre!’

MUSICAL THEATRE MUSINGS –
‘Remarkably clever.’

THE ARTS DESK –
‘Intriguing, enjoyable immersion in Georgian court intrigue’

THE REVIEW HUB –
‘Bold aesthetic to make a memorable event.’

Cast

Stephan Boyce
Lavinia Co-op
James Hastings
Miranda Heath
Richard Holt
Yasmin Keita
Deven Modha
Christina Ngoyi
Lucy Reynolds
Nadia Sohawon
Deborah Tracey

 

Creative Team

Yassmin Abdel-Magied – Co-Writer
Anthony Spargo – Co-Writer
Christa Harris – Director
Patrick Neil Doyle – Composer
Luke W Robson – Set Designer
Susan Kulkarni – Costume Designer
Chazz Redhead – Sound Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz – Lighting Designer
Victoria Stride – Hair, Makeup & Wigs Designer
Fiona Porritt – Dramaturg
James Seager – Co-Creative Producer
Oliver Lansley – Co-Creative Producer
Oran Doyle – Production Manager

 

Photo credit to ©Rah Petherbridge Photography   &   ©Gail Harland Photography

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